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  5. Olson Kundig
  6. 2015
  7. Shinsegae International / Olson Kundig

Shinsegae International / Olson Kundig

  • 20:00 - 15 October, 2017
Shinsegae International / Olson Kundig
Shinsegae International / Olson Kundig, © Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

© Kevin Scott © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin + 59

  • Associate architects

    JUNGLIM Architecture
  • Structural Engineer

    Min-hah Chun, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Tom Marseille, WSP
  • Lighting Design

    Tino Kwan, Tino Kwan Lighting Consultants LTD
  • Collaborator

    Richard Green / Front (Curtain Wall/Facade)
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

Text description provided by the architects. In designing a new fifteen-story headquarters for international luxury clothier Shinsegae International, Olson Kundig sought to create an iconic landmark in the heart of Gangnam-gu, one of Seoul’s largest districts. Completed in 2015, the building unites more than five hundred Shinsegae employees, who were previously spread between several buildings throughout the city. The program includes staff offices and meeting spaces, design studios, a rooftop garden and sculpture park, and ground-level retail and restaurant space that face onto a public plaza. Secure zoned entry provides public building access from the street and controlled private access for corporate officers and VIP guests via a side entry.

© Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

The high-performance custom-designed façade is a direct response to the client’s desire for a corporate flagship that departs from the traditional look-and-feel of modern commercial buildings. Designed to meet Korea’s progressive energy codes, which are more rigorous that the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® standards, the building’s skin incorporates a range of technologies that reduce heat gain while optimizing thermal comfort and maximizing natural daylight all year round. Each component of the gridded facade contributes to the structural fidelity of the building as much as its unique aesthetic, which evokes a sense of woven material or tapestry—a nod to the fashion industry.

© Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

This sense of movement and materiality is particularly evident within the first four floors of the building where seven custom eight-foot-diameter steel wheels open and close 35 foot-tall external panels to modulate daylight. The dynamic ethos of the fashion world is captured in these kinetic components, which can move, morph and change throughout the course of the day; each time the panels are engaged, the building’s presence is altered anew.

Northeast Section
Northeast Section

A well facilitated design and engineering process—which included early prototyping and testing by the project team in the Pacific Northwest—combined with a close collaboration with the local architect, engineers and contractor in Seoul, contributed to this successful project whose urban site came with extremely tight contextual logistics.

© Kevin Scott
© Kevin Scott

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Cite: "Shinsegae International / Olson Kundig" 15 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/881448/shinsegae-international-olson-kundig/> ISSN 0719-8884
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